Verdigris, Oklahoma

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Verdigris, Oklahoma
Coordinates: 36°18′55″N 95°36′46″W / 36.31528°N 95.61278°W / 36.31528; -95.61278Coordinates: 36°18′55″N 95°36′46″W / 36.31528°N 95.61278°W / 36.31528; -95.61278
Country United States
State Oklahoma
County Rogers
Incorporated 1980
 • Type Town Government
 • Mayor Keith Crawford
 • Land 12.0 sq mi (31 km2)
 • Water 0.2 sq mi (0.5 km2)
Elevation 610 ft (185.93 m)
Population (2012)
 • Total 4,118
Time zone CST (UTC-6)
 • Summer (DST) CDT (UTC-5)
ZIP codes 74019
Area code(s) 539/918
FIPS code 40-14700[1]
GNIS feature ID 1091382[2]
Verdigris Town Hall building
Verdigris Town Hall

Verdigris is an incorporated town[3] in Rogers County, Oklahoma, United States, in the Tulsa metropolitan area.[4] It straddles former U.S. Highway 66 (now State Highway 66) between Catoosa and Claremore.


Verdigris is named after the nearby Verdigris River, so named by French Traders that settled in the area around the late 1700s. Several Native American tribes, including the Osage, Delaware and Cherokee, had populations along the Verdigris River. The rural community known as Verdigris has been in existence since before Oklahoma statehood in 1907. The St. Louis-San Francisco Railway (Frisco) referred to the area as the "Verdigris Switch" in the late 1880s. Verdigris schools were founded in the early 1900s. America's Mother road, U.S. 66, was routed through Verdigris in the late 1920s.[5]

The community was named for the Verdigris River; the river name derives from French terms for "green" and "gray." Verdigris is the fastest growing municipality in Rogers County.[6] The growth rate between 2000 and 2010 was 119%. The population at the 2010 census was 3,993.[7]


The average annual temperature is 60 degrees. On average, 66 days annually are above 90 degrees, and 25 days annually have a temperature of 20 degrees or lower. The average rainfall is 43.45 inches. The growing season is 208 days.[8]


As of the census of 2010, there were 3,993 people residing in the Town of Verdigris. There were 1,598 housing units. The racial makeup of Verdigris was 77.41% White, 13.30% Native American, 0.55% Asian, 0.43% Black, 6.74% from 2 or more races, and 1.57% other.[9]

Verdigris in Literature[edit]

In Kurt Vonnegut's short story Armageddon in Retrospect, published in his final book of the same name, Verdigris is featured as the headquarters of the United Nations Demonological Investigating Committee, or UNDICO.

Notable people[edit]


  1. ^ "American FactFinder". United States Census Bureau. Retrieved 2008-01-31. 
  2. ^ "US Board on Geographic Names". United States Geological Survey. 2007-10-25. Retrieved 2008-01-31. 
  3. ^ "Boundary Changes". Geographic Change Notes: Oklahoma. Population Division, United States Census Bureau. 2006-05-19. Retrieved 2008-07-13. 
  4. ^ Verdigris Frequently Asked Questions
  5. ^ "Town of Verdigris Web Page". Retrieved 2011-02-17. 
  6. ^ "Verdigris, Catoosa Post Most Population". 2011-02-16. Retrieved 2011-02-17. 
  7. ^ CensusViewer:Population of the City of Verdigris, Oklahoma.[1]
  8. ^ "Oklahoma Climatological Survey". Retrieved 2010-02-17. 
  9. ^ "America Fact Finder". Retrieved 2010-02-18.